World tea and spice prices have been increasing steadily over the last few months due to disruptions in the supply chain owing to port congestion and other logistical factors as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Cardamom, one of our primary spice ingredients for chai, is now unavailable at an affordable cost. The supply chain was adversely impacted over the last couple of years because of crop failures due to extremes of flooding or drought and scarcity drove the price of any remaining cardamom to sky-high prices.
We are temporarily discontinuing our chai spice blends. We don't know at this time if this is a permanent change or something we will revisit in the future. We will keep an eye on the cardamom crop in Guatemala and hope for a healthy and abundant 2020 harvest.